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Eastern prickly pear cactus

Opuntia cespitosa

Where can you find this plant?

In Ohio: Oak Openings in northwest Ohio, including Kitty Todd Nature Preserve and the metropark outside Toledo. In southern Ohio, Opuntia is in the sandy springs area of Adams County along the Ohio River, as well as other rocky, sandy areas in the vicinity.

At HF&G: Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden south side sand dune area. Note: these are Opuntia humifusa with all yellow flowers. Opuntia cespitosa has yellow flowers with red centers

Bloom time: Usually mid to late June at Holden.

Growing tips: Sharp drainage and full sun are best.

Bloom Color: Yellow

Bloom Time: Late Spring

Light: Full Sun

Moisture Needs: Dry

Size: 3 – 6in

Soil: Sandy

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